Saturday, November 11, 2006


Just to give you an idea of how amazing my children are....

Today I had a hard day. (It seems I have had a lot of those lately. Ugh.) Anyway, I try hard to not let the children see when that is the case, but today I just needed to curl up and have a good cry. I sneaked upstairs while they were downstairs playing ping pong with their dad and closed the door so I could have a few minutes to myself. Within minutes, though, hubby came in and they followed, and, well, I just told them I wasn't feeling good today. (It was one of my not-so-good days physically.)

They left me to stay curled up for a bit. A little while later, though, they came upstairs saying that I needed to come to their playroom. They were very anxious to show me something.

I was simply stunned (and deeply touched) by what they had been working on.

On the wall in their playroom, they had taped a sign that says, "MHF" -- which stands for "Mom's Helping Friends." They had gathered together and made a list of about eight different things they could do to help Mom, from making me cards to letting me sleep to not having contention.

It's not hard to imagine how much my heart melted. The empathy and compassion that my children have developed through this trial of mine -- er, ours -- is sometimes almost breathtaking to me. While I should be feeling guilty that they were the ones nurturing me at that moment, I don't (or I can't) because this is where I am. And this is who they are.

MHF is an exclusive club, by the way. Only children with my last name are allowed. I overheard that they will be holding weekly meetings on Saturdays....

Life may be hard for me right now, but I have three little blessings for whom I am very, very grateful.


Naiah said...

Sister, my bud, there is no true sentence that begins with:
"While I should be feeling guilty..."
Remember that.


Your kiddos are so cool.

Kiskilili said...

Wow, M&M, that's beautiful! What incredible kids!

M&M said...

You're right, but since I had been warned about this kind of situation (not burdening my children with taking on the role of caring for me) then I was a little on edge about that.

Thank you for dropping by. You are right. My children are truly incredible.

Tigersue said...

That is such a wonderful gift from your family. Hugs to you.

ECS (Elisabeth) said...

Hi, m&m - I'm going to be in Utah over the holidays and would love to meet you in person, if time permits. It's a hectic time of year, and I understand our schedules might not match up, but I'd love to try to work something out at least. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll send you my email address. :)

M&M said...

ECS, let's see if we can swing it!
Send me another comment here with your email address (I won't publish it) so I have it and we can figure out details. How does that sound?